His newest release, Ready is off to a flying start at the box-office, netting Rs 13.15 crore on day one and heading towards at least Rs 42 crore in the first three days. But despite this, combined with the success of Dabangg (2010) and its recent National Award win, Salman Khan claims he’s not a contender for the numero uno spot in tinsel town, unlike Shah Rukh Khan, who reportedly doesn’t miss any opportunity to claim the title.
Recently, when Shah Rukh unveiled the first theatrical promo of his superhero fantasy flick, RA.One, he was asked why his character was called G.One and not Jeevan. Although he later went on to explain that the character, named thus to sound like Jeevan, was a life-giver, as against the evil RA.One (Raavan), the media was only interested in his initial retort, “G is for my wife Gauri and One is my position in the industry.”
A couple of days later, when Salman attended the press conference of Chillar Party, his co-production with UTV Motion Pictures, he was asked for his take on Shah Rukh’s claims, to which he promptly replied, “Aamir Khan is the number one.” Such is his friendship with his Andaz Apna Apna (1994) co-actor, that Salman named him again when asked who he thought was suitable for nicknames like Encyclopedia from his maiden production venture. Evidently, both actors dislike being asked about the other.
Shah Rukh even took a dig at his rival when he thanked RA.One director Anubhav Sinha for his work in the film, reportedly saying, “It’s important to thank the directors first, before they run away,” hinting at Anees Bazmee’s early return from the Bangkok outdoor of Ready and Abhinav Kashyap’s opting out of the Dabangg sequel.